...jade's gluhwein...

Friends of ours had this at their house a few weeks ago.  I really wanted the recipe.  Jade wasn't so easy in giving it up, but we got it, and we made it, and here it is- my Christmas present to you.  Along with lots of love and thanks for reading this here blog.

This holiday drink is tasty, festive, and looks pretty too.  All important things.

Here's the recipe, in Jade's words...

So, for every 750ml bottle of dry red wine (drinkable, nothing expensive), you need:
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup raw sugar
1-2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange
whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
an extra kick -- some port, brandy or sherry (1/2 cup)
1.  mix the wine, orange juice, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and sugar in a large sauce pan
2.  slice the orange into 6 slices; stick 2-4 whole cloves in each slice.  throw them in the mix.
3.  warm it up (do NOT let it boil) on low/medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring every now and then
4.  turn off heat, cover, let sit for 30-45 minutes
5.  before serving, warm it up again, and add the port/sherry/brandy and mix it in
6.  that's it!

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